MONTREAL — Hundreds of taxis converged on downtown Montreal today, blocking major arteries to protest the government’s deregulation of their industry.They say proposed reforms to make room for ride-hailing services will drive many of them into bankruptcy.The drivers from Montreal and other parts of Quebec gathered in front of Transport Department offices, parking their cabs in the middle of the street for hours. Some set protest signs on fire.Abdallah Homsy, an industry spokesman who travelled to Montreal from Quebec City Friday, said attempts to discuss the proposed changes with the office of Transport Minister Francois Bonnardel have been fruitless.The drivers say the planned elimination of taxi permits, which at one point sold for as much as $200,000 each, will lead to financial ruin for many of them. The government has said it will pay $500 million in compensation, but the drivers say that would not cover their losses.Premier Francois Legault said the province’s taxi system needs to evolve. He said the compensation offered amounts to roughly $70,000 per permit, which is more than some drivers paid and less than others.“That is why we would like to sit down with representatives of the drivers and permit-holders to negotiate an agreement so no driver is left in a situation, for example, of bankruptcy,” Legault told reporters in Repentigny, Que.Homsy said drivers would rather keep working as before, not be reduced to taking government compensation. He said it is the ride-hailing service Uber that should be paying to enter the field.“The premier’s job is to go get money from Uber, not from taxpayers to pay us,” Homsy said.The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsFire crews in Alberta are engaging a “multi-headed monster” wildfire that has so far consumed 10,000 hectares and forced the evacuation of 88,000 people from Fort McMurray and destroyed over 1,000 structures in the city, the premier and officials said Wednesday.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the wildfire destroyed 1,600 structures in the city which was evacuated Tuesday amid apocalyptic scenes of highways lined with vehicles fleeing their homes against a flaming backdrop.Darby Allen, director of emergency management for the Wood Buffalo Regional Municipality, said fire crews were facing another “bad day” following Tuesday’s sudden shift in the wildfire that penetrated Fort McMurray, destroying a whole swaths of neighbourhoods.“No one is hurt and no one is passed away right now,” said an emotional Allen, in a teleconference with reporters Wednesday. “I really hope we can get to the end of this and still say that. We are here, we are strong and we’ll keep doing our jobs.”Allen said fire crews worked throughout out the night fighting flames within the city which were finally vanquished by about 5 a.m.“This is a nasty, dirty fire. There are certainly areas within the city that have not been burned, but this fire will look for them, find them and will want to take them,” said Allen.A cold front expected to move into the region Wednesday was expected to bring with it some mixed blessings. Low humidity and hot temperatures aided the spread of the wildfire Tuesday. The cold front could lower temperatures, but also trigger lighting, said Allen.“It’s not what we really want in this situation,” he said.Officials said the next 24 hours would prove critical in the battle being waged against the fire and the fate of the city which is in the heart of Alberta’s oil patch.Wood Buffalo Regional Municipality Mayor Melissa Blake said the oil industry was responding by providing use of camps and lodges to help shelter evacuees.“I am commending our citizens for standing strong and resilience,” said Blake.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, in a conference call from Germany early today, confirmed a formal request for assistance has been received from the Alberta government and the military is preparing to engage in the battle.The nearby Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation declared a state of emergency Wednesday, according to spokesperson Eriel Deranger. Deranger said the First Nation would be using boats and flights to evacuate community members, along from the Mikisew Cree First Nation, who were in Fort McKay following their evacuation from Fort McMurray, to Fort Chipewyan and Fort Smith, NWT.Deranger said there was concern the membership could be stranded in Fort McKay.-with files from The Canadian Pressnews@aptn.ca@APTNNews
HAMILTON — U.S. Steel Canada Inc. will seek a court order to continue restructuring under court protection beyond this year, the company said Thursday.The former Stelco Inc., purchased by U.S. Steel in 2007, has been operating under Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act protection since September 2014, and it was most recently extended until Dec. 11, 2015.The company said it has been unable to negotiate a sale of its operations in Hamilton and Nanticoke, Ont., or reach a restructuring agreement, and without an extension of the court protection it would likely have to cease operations at the end of the year.A case of buyer’s remorse? What went wrong at U.S. Steel Canada“With a court order we can preserve work and meet obligations to approximately 2,200 employees and continue to deliver high-quality steel products to our customers from our two Canadian steelmaking facilities,” said Michael McQuade, president and general manager of U.S. Steel Canada. “The court order, if granted, would also provide additional time to find a consensual restructuring solution, and to conduct a new Sale and Restructuring Process when market conditions improve.”Also contributing to the need for this court order are the steps taken by U.S. Steel Canada’s parent company, United States Steel Corp., to reallocate Canadian production to its facilities located in the U.S., the company said.As part of the extension request, the company will ask the court to allow “the immediate suspension of all pension funding contributions, except contributions for current service.” Payments to retired employees and surviving spouses from company pension plans would continue, but supplementary pensions paid directly by U.S. Steel Canada would be suspended.It also wants to suspend payments of post-employment health, medical, dental and life insurance benefits in the near term, and suspend real property tax payments.The Canadian Press
On Wednesday March 27 a 15-year-old boy was approached by an adult male on Elgin Avenue in Simcoe during his walk home from school.Police say the unknown male crossed the road to stand in front of the youth to stop him and ask for directions. The male then followed the teenager down the sidewalk. The suspect stopped the 15-year-old a second time and asked him an inappropriate question.The teen walked away from the male that then left in an unknown direction.The man is being described as white, in his 40’s, with wrinkled skin on his face, and black hair. He was wearing a grey coloured hooded sweater, dark blue jeans, and appeared to slump over when walking.The OPP is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the male.
In closing remarks to an open briefing organized by the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), the Deputy-Secretary-General warned that terrorist organizations would seek to “divide” and “polarize,” Member States, but the United Nations “must not fall into their trap” and instead must remain steadfastly devoted to human rights, the principles of due process and the rule of law.“The terrorist attacks recently perpetrated in Nigeria and in Paris, along with the barbaric acts committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), prove that we must remain vigilant, determined, and united,” Mr. Eliasson continued.“It is now crucially important to let every terrorist and terrorist group hear the same message from Member States, the United Nations, and partners everywhere: the world stands united in denouncing and rejecting your atrocities.” Mr. Eliasson’s plea follows a spate of recent atrocities committed by extremist groups in various theatres of conflict around the world. In the Middle East, ISIL’s recent immolation of a Jordanian pilot, its beheadings of numerous hostages and the atrocities committed against civilians have stirred global outrage. Meanwhile, Boko Haram’s continued campaign of brutality in Nigeria, including the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls and repeated targeted bombings against civilians, has resulted in widespread condemnation and the promise of swift action by a designated African Union force. This, in turn, has prompted the UN to urge that the fight against terrorism be conducted in accordance with international law. The Deputy-Secretary-General observed that the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy had made it clear that Member States could not counter terrorism in isolation or confront extremist groups solely through military action.Instead, he added, Member States required assistance in strengthening their criminal justice systems in order to respond to “the complex nature of terrorist crimes in an accountable and transparent manner.”To that point, he noted the recent UN-backed training exercises for Nigerian law enforcement and security officials to assist them with upholding human rights and the rule of law while fighting Boko Haram. “A truly effective response must leverage the resources of the international community and look at all aspects of the problem, including the underlying factors leading to the recruitment of new terrorists,” Mr. Eliasson told the gathered delegates. “We will not accept to have societies living in fear and division. We will more than ever stand up for our common humanity. These are fundamental principles. Nothing you can do to destruct and destroy can take these values away from us.”
Films with * are in competition, and the numbers in ( ) are the lengths of the films. Encores are films that were screened at the Helper Arts, Music, & Film Festival this past August. More information on the films and special guests to be posted soon, so check back often! Wednesday 2/6 – Dramatic Shorts #1 – life, death, heaven, and hell7:00-8:30 – Timber* (8), Oasis* (12), Gather* (17), Encore – Thorn, Thank You for Coming (17), Special Screening – Toss of the Coin (12) Saturday 2/9 – Closing Day – 2nd Screening of all films (Tuesday-Friday)10:30-12:30 – Documentary Showcase #112:45-2:15 – Dramatic Shorts #12:30-3:30 – Awards Reception – in the Rio Theater lobby3:45-5:45 – Documentary Showcase #26:00-7:15 – Dramatic Shorts #27:30-9:00 – Dramatic Feature9:15-11:00 – After Party at the Regis Club Monday 2/4 – Opening Night7:00-9:00 – Adventures of Power (89) – 11th anniversary – think two drumsticks – filmed in Helper – premiered at 2008 Sundance Film Festival Friday 2/8Dramatic Shorts #2 – a little scary7:00-8:15 – Part 1 – Sawtooth* (13), Stone Hollow* (30)Dramatic Feature – a little scary8:30-10:00 – Part 2 – Elsewhere* (82) Tuesday 2/5 – Documentary Showcase #1 – by locals or about locals7:00-9:00 – Monumental Memories (3), Encore – Long Drives & Bidding Wars (7), Encore – How to Save a Life (18), Special Screening – Dark Skies (9), Muledalgo* (60) Thursday 2/7 – Documentary Showcase #2 – stories of the American West7:00-9:00 – The Land* (12), Dell Burke* (50), Encore – Will You Be There Next Year? (7), Encore – Relentless (11), In the Year of the Dog* (16), Special Screening – Survivor: A Pioneer Story (2)
Listener, grinder of lenses, poet, painter, seer. My Guide. Philosopher. Friend. John Berger left us this morning. Now you are everywhere.— Simon McBurney (@SimonMcBurney) January 2, 2017 The author Ali Smith described Berger last year in an appreciation as “one of the world’s most vital corresponders”.”In John Berger’s work love and art and political and historical understanding are always in layered combination,” she said.”There are many other writers and artists who work with this relation, but none with quite the transformatory fusion of his combining, which is a bit like encountering what clarity really is, what the word means, like looking through pure water and seeing things naturally magnified. ” The Booker prize-winning author and art critic John Berger has died at the age of 90. The Marxist intellectual, whose pioneering 1972 book and subsequent BBC series, Ways of Seeing, brought a political perspective to art criticism, died at his home in the Paris suburb of Antony on Monday. He had been ill for about a year. A constant inspiration: I have to turn this prize against itself’—John Berger on sharing Booker 💰 w/ Black Panthers https://t.co/bZ3exGksBl pic.twitter.com/2Modb0TQBF— Verso Books (@VersoBooks) January 2, 2017 He won the Booker Prize in 1972 for his novel G, and pledged to give half the prize money to the revolutionary American group the Black Panthers.Berger was the author of art criticism, novels, poetry, screenplays and many other books. He consistently challenged traditional interpretations of art and society and connections between the two. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
In 2007 Eurotire announced its plan to build a new OTR radial tyre manufacturing facility in Drobeta-Turnu Severin, Romania. This location was strategically selected as being a shipping and transportation hub (for the efficient delivery of large OTR radial tyres to customers throughout the world) and its having a ready and highly qualified employee base. Eurotire confirms that the newest OTR radial tyre manufacturing plant in the world is fully complete and that limited production of tyres was initiated at that facility in 2010. Field testing and proving of the new radial tyre products produced at that plant was started in earnest at that time as well. Furthermore, additional sizes, material compounds, and tyre designs have continued to be developed and tested at that facility. Production levels of certain tyre sizes have already been increased. The plan was aggressive – build a state of the art radial tyre manufacturing facility with on-site laboratory, testing and product development capabilities and have it ready to begin producing radial tyres by 2010. Not only was that plan aggressive, many thought that it couldn’t be done. Eurotire confirmed that the plan had gone forward and was in process when a prototype Eurotire radial tyre was displayed at the 2008 MINExpo. Since that time information regarding the new facility and the products to be created there was kept secure for competitive reasons.The attainment of this goal gains greater significance from the fact that the output capabilities originally planned for the completed facility were expanded while construction was still in process. This will allow the facility to provide higher manufacturing volumes when running at full production. With over $300 million invested and nearly 1,000,000ft2 of high-tech manufacturing and product development space, Eurotire has created a true worldclass radial tyre manufacturing facility; a facility that includes one of the most modern laboratories and dynamic tyre testing facilities in all of Europe.Eurotire continues field performance evaluations on a wide range of radial tyre sizes at multiple customer mine sites around the world. In addition, discussions are in process with mining companies who want to secure future production of Eurotire’s radial tyres as well as Eurotire’s OTR bias tyres. Eurotire says it “is committed to supporting its dedicated customers in having a consistent supply of high quality radial and bias tyre products in the months and years to come.”
Stronger metal output and prices saw Outotec’s order intake rise in the June quarter and first half of the year.The company reported a 13% year-on-year increase in the first half of the year and a 21% improvement in the most recent June quarter.Service orders also rose 16% and 18% in the half-year and three-month period, respectively, while group sales were up 17% and 25% to €618.4 million and €331.2 million, respectively.Outotec President and CEO Markku Teräsvasara said the minerals processing segment continued to improve its results. The division booked orders from a Russia base metal operator and a Kazakhstan base metal concentrator during the most recent quarter.Reflecting on the results, Teräsvasara said: “The market remained positive, and we have good prospects in our sales funnel. Final decisions, particularly regarding large greenfield projects, are still progressing slowly.”
BY THE TIME Ireland play their first competitive fixture under Martin O’Neill he will have been in the job for 10 months, give or take a week or two.The new manager has a lot of things on his side at the moment, not least the goodwill of an optimistic public, but the one thing he could do with a little bit less of is time.Within a couple of minutes of sitting down in the hotseat on Saturday, O’Neill was lamenting the fact that Ireland are stuck with friendlies as their bread and butter until the qualifiers for Euro 2016 begin.It was a point he made again when he met the media yesterday afternoon.He’d rather have a competitive fixture much sooner than next autumn but this is the hand he has been dealt and he’s determined to make full use of it.It meant that yesterday’s training session, his first with the squad, was quite relaxed. There was a buzz around Malahide as 20 or 30 fans gathered early to catch a glimpse of O’Neill, Roy Keane and the players but on the pitch it was a low-key affair.“They wanted to let everyone kind of enjoy it and everyone did,” Stephen Ward said.A honeymoon is well and good but Friday night’s friendly against Latvia is sneaking up, as is the trip to Poland next Tuesday. O’Neill was quite philosophical about his November reign.“I think I’ll learn more from the trip rather than during it,” he suggested. “I will have time at leisure to sit down afterwards and plan for the new year, but after these two games.“It’s remarkable that the next match we have is not until March [against Serbia].”That attitude carried over into his afternoon briefing where he made it clear that there is no point in rushing into any decisions.Will Robbie Keane be continuing on as team captain?“I wouldn’t have thought that anything would change at this minute. I don’t see any reason to do that. After these two games are over, I will have some time to consider these things but I wouldn’t be changing anything immediately.”INPHO/Donall FarmerHow about Stephen Ireland? Will he be recalled?“I really do have a genuinely open mind. I will get around to watching him play obviously.”“If Roy can come back, surely it’s open for anyone,” he added, effectively putting the Stoke midfielder on notice.O’Neill was reluctant even to say whether or not he will draft in squad reinforcements this week. Ciaran Clark and Robbie Brady are both definitely out through injury while it looks less and less likely that Anthony Pilkington, who stayed at Norwich to have a dead leg treated, will play a part in either friendly.That leaves 24 players available, many of whom, like Ward, are delighted to be involved again having fallen out of favour during the latter days of Trapattoni’s tenure.Not that I want to give out caps like confetti but there is a possibility over the two games to use a number of players just to give them a feel of it again.“Some people who maybe felt that they were out a little bit in the cold, they will maybe play some part.“That’s my thinking at this point. Please ask me again on Saturday morning and I might change my mind.”The injured Brady and Pilkington both plan to travel over to meet their new international boss this week. Clark, who knows O’Neill from his Aston Villa days, needs no further introduction.INPHO/Donall FarmerThe remainder met O’Neill for the first time on Monday night over dinner. He has spoken of his own transition to the languid pace of international management but if nothing else, his club experience means that he is tuned into the heavy workload his players are already facing.“I gave them some time off and to a man they stayed in the hotel. This was at around 7.30, and I told them that curfew was 7.45 and they stayed in the hotel.”This time his audience knew to laugh at the obvious joke.“No, I gave them the night off and they were there so I joined with them last night.They were genuinely in really good spirits. I wish good spirits was enough to win you football matches.Still, even though the long-term decisions are being left for another day, O’Neill has stressed to the players that they are already fighting for their positions. He is determined to get off to a winning start, particularly in front of a home crowd on Friday.“What we’ll try and do is just a little bit of organisation, a little bit of shape in the next two days.‘Things now that are deciding football matches, corner kicks and set-pieces are very important, those are the type of things. There’s not much more you can work on given these couple of days.”Latvia might not be the competitive fixture he or his players so desperately crave but they have to start somewhere.Training day: inside Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane’s first Ireland sessionMartin O’Neill has some good news for Andy Reid and his guitar
Sony confirmed the PS4 wasn’t an always-connected console back in February. Microsoft still hasn’t announced anything officially about the next Xbox, and won’t do so until May 21, but an internal email leak has calmed fears the machine would require the Internet in order to function.Now, Sony’s Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has gone a step further, suggesting that even if they wanted to, an always-connected machine just wouldn’t work at the moment. The reason? The quality of Internet connections around the world.It’s easy to forget that Sony and Microsoft need to sell their consoles in territories other than the US, Japan, and the wealthier countries that make up Europe. While the Internet may function very well in these areas of the world, Yoshida points out it’s just not robust enough of a network elsewhere to guarantee a reliable connection.He’s right, and there’s even areas of the US and Europe that still struggle to get a reliable connection, in terms of both maintaining that connection for long periods of time and how fast it is. An always-connected console just wouldn’t work for consumers in those areas, and therefore Sony and Microsoft would ultimately be catering to a smaller global market.There’s still a question mark hanging over how connected both the PS4 and Xbox 720 will be. Sure, they will both function offline, but will a connection be required to activate new games? Hopefully we will find that out well before either machine launches and discover if Sony and Microsoft are trying to remove the used games market from the equation.
Police in Thessaloniki have arrested two men and three women, all Bulgarian nationals, following a sting operation in which the suspects attempted to sell a newborn baby boy to two undercover police officers posing as a married couple for 15,000 euros. The 13-day-old infant was born at Tzaneio Hospital in Piraeus. The gang took the baby and his 27-year-old mother to Thessaloniki to complete the sale from an apartment in the suburb in Ambelokipous, where the baby and mother were staying. Two more women in an advanced state of pregnancy from Bulgaria were found staying in the same apartment and are believed to have been planning to sell their babies once they were born. The suspected leaders of the gang are a man aged 52 and a woman aged 51. Police believe they recruited the pregnant women in Bulgaria and brought them into Greece illegally to give birth to their babies, which they would then sell to local couples. Investigators believe that the mothers would receive 3,000 euros from the 15,000 euros the gang charged for each sale. The other three Bulgarians arrested are alleged to have abetted the two gang leaders, while police are investigating whether the scheme involved the participation of doctors, nursing staff and lawyers as they continue to explore how the buyers would come into contact with the gang. A search of the apartment revealed a plethora of documents and medical tests pertaining to the baby boy. The 13-day-old infant has been put under the protection of the prosecutor’s office and is currently under observation at a Thessaloniki hospital. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Greenpeace : du sursis requis après l’intrusion dans une centrale nucléaireLe procès des neuf militants qui s’étaient introduits en décembre dernier dans la centrale nucléaire de Nogent-sur-Seine s’est ouvert ce vendredi 20 janvier à Troyes. Une peine de quatre à six mois de sursis a été requise par le procureur.Un peu plus d’un mois après qu’ils se sont introduits dans la centrale nucléaire de Nogent-sur-Seine, quand d’autres pénétraient dans celles de Cruas, le procès de neuf militants de Greenpeace s’est ouvert aujourd’hui à Troyes. Accusés de violation de locaux professionnels et dégradations en réunion, ces écologistes risquent jusqu’à cinq ans d’emprisonnement et 75.000 euros d’amende. Devant le palais de justice, plusieurs dizaines de militants de l’association s’étaient réuni pour les soutenir.À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylComme le rapporte le site de LCI, le procureur a requis de quatre à six mois de prison avec sursis assortis d’une amende de 1.000 à 1.500 euros contre les neufs militants interpellés à Nogent, six femmes et trois hommes âgés de 22 à 60 ans. Placés en garde à vue dans la matinée du 5 décembre, et libérés le lendemain sous contrôle judiciaire, ils avaient expliqué vouloir par leur action dénoncer les failles de la sécurité des centrales nucléaires françaises. Le ministre de l’Intérieur Claude Guéant avait alors reconnu des “défaillances”, avant de promettre un renforcement de la sécurité des installations.”Nous sommes en droit d’attendre une forme de clémence de la part des magistrats car notre action a permis d’identifier une faille dans la sécurité des centrales, on a rendu service au gouvernement comme à l’exploitant nucléaire”, affirme Sophia Majnoni, chargée de la campagne nucléaire de Greenpeace. Le 20 janvier 2012 à 15:48 • Maxime Lambert
SEATTLE — Seattle police say a female suspect is dead following a shooting involving police Sunday morning.Police said on Twitter that they’re not searching for anyone else. No officers were injured.It was not clear what lead up to the shooting, which occurred near Magnuson Park in northeast Seattle.Detectives are investigating.
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas revealed his disgust towards the supporters who racially abused Raheem Sterling in last Saturday’s 2-0 win against Manchester CitySterling was allegedly the victim of racial abuse from a minority of Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge with the English Football Association (FA) and local authorities having begun investigating the incident.Chelsea have also taken action by suspending four supporters, while Sterling has given the police his version of what happened.Now Fabregas wants these troublesome fans to be dealt with harshly.“All I can say is when I’m in the street, when I’m at Stamford Bridge, all over the world, when we’ve travelled with Chelsea they’ve been amazing to me and to the team,” said Fabregas, according to the Daily Mail.‘I don’t know who is responsible for these things but I cannot accept or agree with this (behaviour).Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“This is not the real face of Chelsea. I’m sorry to hear that. If something happened it will be dealt with.“The focus now is on Chelsea for what happened. The quicker we get rid of these people, the better.”He added: “There’s always insults.“I’ve had so many of them over the years when you warm up and even jokes. That’s fine for me. When we cross the line with racism, it’s too far, it shouldn’t be allowed.“When we cross the line with racism, it’s too far, shouldn’t be allowed. The people that GET caught, they will be punished and they will be taught a big lesson in their lives.”
The player had the honor of being coached by both great managers and also compared life in England and Spain.Brazilian full-back Danilo played for Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid from 2015 to 2017.He appeared in 56 games with Los Blancos, scoring three times.And during this time he enjoyed working with French manager Zinedine Zidane, while also lifting many trophies.Now, Danilo is playing for Manchester City, where he’s played 52 games in two seasons, scoring four goals.And he’s playing under the rules and tactics of Pep Guardiola, another great football coach.“Of course, they are different,” Danilo compared managers according to Spanish media outlet Marca.“They are top coaches and it’s impossible to compare them. I’m very happy to have worked with both of them.”“Pep’s attention to detail is unparalleled and what Zidane achieved is incredible, so it’s difficult for me to say who’s better,” he continued.“The English game is more physical and, if I can say, it’s more tactical.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“By that, I mean that the teams try to win the games, so it’s different from Spain,” he added.“I say it with respect because for me they are the two best leagues in the world.”“The Champions League is an interesting trophy for us and we’ve had discussions about it,” he admitted.“We are going to surprise the coach and win it sooner or later. We know that it’s not easy, but we have the quality and have to give it our best.”Manchester City has a very difficult game tomorrow, as they visit German Bundesliga team Schalke in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 leg 1.A feature-length look at our #UCL campaign so far from inside the Club!CITYTV ▶️ https://t.co/M2jHSdY1D7🔵 #mancity pic.twitter.com/M9wzm1w4JX— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 19, 2019
Drones Uber The goal of drone delivery is speed. According to Bloomberg, for a delivery 1.5 miles away transporting goods by ground transportation averages 21 minutes while drones can make the trip in about 7 minutes. Uber’s plans for drone deliveries come a day after the company announced it would be partnering with AT&T on 5G air taxis. The companies hope to launch commercial services in 2023 across Los Angeles, Dallas Fort Worth and a yet-to-be-announced international city. Share your voice Tags Sci-Tech Drones Post a comment Hey San Diego, your 🍟🍔🍦are about to take flight.Soon, San Diego residents will be able to have an @UberEats order delivered by drone. Tune in for more info from #UberElevate → https://t.co/fKJ658iy8y pic.twitter.com/8BwhjOmq7T— Uber (@Uber) June 12, 2019 Uber’s vision for the future will have Eats orders delivered by drones. Uber Watch out Amazon: Uber’s plans for flight expand well beyond flying cars for transporting people. It also wants to deliver Uber Eats orders via drone. The announcement was made with a video at the company’s Uber Elevate conference. Uber took an Uber Eats order from McDonald’s in the video. It placed a Big Mac and fries into specially designed packaging and then flew the food from the restaurant to a designated location where an Uber courier picked up the order to deliver it to the customer. Unlike other drone delivery services, Uber isn’t planning to initially deliver the orders directly to customers’ homes. Instead, it hopes to land the drones on cars using QR codes and then have the cars and traditional drivers complete the delivery. The company is working with the Federal Aviation Administration on the project. Uber has created special Eats packaging to transport food via drone. Uber According to Bloomberg, which got to witness the drone delivery in action in May, the company plans to begin drone delivery in San Diego this summer with pricing “consistent” with Uber Eats regular delivery that can currently cost up to $8.50. The publication adds that, in addition to testing deliveries of McDonald’s burgers and fries, Uber has been testing drone delivery of the restaurant chain’s ice cream. 0
Walrus began showing up on the beaches near Port Heiden in early April. (Photo courtesy John Christensen)Some unexpected animals are loafing on beaches near Port Heiden this spring, and their numbers seem to be fluctuating.Listen nowThe Bristol Bay village on the north side of the Alaska Peninsula first reported seeing walrus hauled out in early April.Village resident John Christensen was riding his four-wheeler when he first spotted them.“We went for a ride up the beach and ran into a large amount of walrus, a few hundred of them. We’ve never seen anything like this here before,” Christensen said.Over the course of a month, the residents saw more groups of the ungainly marine mammal resting on the shores from Hook Lagoon to Strogonof Point.“There has been an increase in the walruses,” Christensen said April 25. “At first there was only a few hundred spotted pods all over the place. Now there’s more. We couldn’t get a good view from the distance we were at, but it looks like there’s over a thousand.”Alaska Department of Fish and Game area management biologist Bob Murphy flew May 1 the shoreline from Pilot Point to Port Moller.“We did see 100 animals where I’ve never seen 100 walrus hauled out before,” Murphy said, noting also that the stretch of flat, sandy beach where the walrus lay was atypical topography for a walrus haul out. “Usually walrus like to have a cape behind them.”Walrus pods are prone to stampeding off a beach and into the water if disturbed, which can result in some animals trampling others.The Marine Mammal Protection Act protects walrus from harassment to guard against needless death and injury.Harassment could include noisy fishing boats passing too near to the resting walrus.In the Ugashik District, for example, Fish and Game changed the line for the commercial salmon fishery in 2016 and 2017 when more than a thousand walrus hauled out at Cape Greig.The amended boundary allowed the walrus and boats a one-mile buffer zone.It is too early to rule out such a measure for the Alaska Peninsula Area, or to know to know whether the walrus will even be there in a few weeks.“It could just be they’re just staging there for a bit or resting and they’re eventually going to go to their traditional haul out areas,” Murphy said. “We’re just going to keep an eye on it and see if they disappear or if more show up or if they move around. The place that they were in is an area that is closed to commercial salmon fishing, so I think if they stayed there, they would be no obstructions to anything. But, more than likely, I would expect that they may move.”According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, walrus have hauled out near Port Heiden before, but it has been about two decades.As Port Heiden residents wait to see whether their new guests are here for the summer or just making a pit stop, they say that they are keeping their distance to ensure they don’t disturb the animals.
New Delhi, Aug 9 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday assured former Congress President Rahul Gandhi all help for those affected by floods and incessant rains in Kerala. Gandhi, the Wayanad MP, spoke to Modi “seeking all possible assistance for the people severely affected by the floods and landslides in the state, especially in Wayanad. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us “The Prime Minister has assured to provide any assistance required to mitigate the effects of the disaster,” Gandhi’s Wayanad MP office tweeted. On Thursday, Gandhi spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to seek assistance for the flood affected people in his parliamentary constituency and other parts of the state. Gandhi has decided to postpone his trip to Wayanad as he felt it would affect the rescue operations. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us Incessant rains in Kerala have claimed 23 lives in the past two days. Over 22,000 people have been shifted to some 315 relief camps across the state, officials said. Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, Wayanad, Kasargode and Idukki districts were the worst hit. There has been 260 mm of rain in Wayanad, where a major landslide has marooned around 2,000 people in Meppadi area.
Afghan journalists are seen after a second blast in Kabul, Afghanistan 30 April, 2018. Photo: ReutersTwo blasts hit the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, killing at least 21 people, including a photographer for French news agency AFP, but there was no immediate claim of responsibility, officials said.The photographer, Shah Marai, was among a group of journalists caught in the second explosion as they were reporting on the initial blast.The attacks came just a week after a blast at a voter registration centre killed 60 people, in the wake of warnings by security officials against the risk of increasing attacks ahead of parliamentary elections planned in October.Monday’s first explosion in the Shashdarak area close to buildings of the NDS intelligence service was followed by one outside the ministry of urban development and housing, just as people were entering the government office.Afghan security forces are seen at the site of a second blast in Kabul, Afghanistan 30 April, 2018. Photo: ReutersFour people were killed and five injured in the first explosion, said Najib Danish, a spokesman for the interior ministry, adding that authorities had despatched ambulances to the incident sites.Soon after, a second explosion took place beside journalists who had gathered to cover the first blast, killing or wounding a number of photographers and cameraman, Reuters witnesses said.Agence France-Presse’s chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, was killed in the blast, the agency confirmed in a Twitter message.A Reuters photographer was slightly hurt by flying shrapnel.A spokesman for the ministry of public health put the total toll at 21 dead and 27 injured.Taliban militants, fighting to restore their version of strict Islamic law to Afghanistan, announced their usual spring offensive last week and there has been heavy fighting in several areas of the country since.Hundreds of people have been killed and wounded in a series of high-profile attacks in Kabul since the beginning of the year, despite President Ashraf Ghani’s offer in February for peace talks “without preconditions”.